The main purpose of hotels is to have a place to sleep, so many higher-end brands put a special focus on that. They make rooms that are more conducive to sleep, with richer, warmer colors, sunblocking curtains (some of them even overlap so you don’t get that annoying bit in the center where the sun peeks through) and thermostats to make the room more comfortable for you (unless they block how warm or cold you can make the room, but there are hacks to override that).
There’s consideration of the pillows – size, shape, firmness and especially type of filling – polyester, memory foam, feathers/down, buckwheat hulls, etc. Some hotels even give you a choice of pillow types.
Perhaps most important is the bed itself…
Some hotel chains have quite a reputation for their bed mattresses, to the point where they even sell them to consumers:
Fairmont beds are made by Sealy Stearns & Foster and their mattresses are 14.5″ deep. From their website: “A luxurious knit cover fabric over Pillow~top layers containing FlameGuard® Fiber and layers of SuperSoft Flawless Gel Infused Memory Foam and Convoluted SuperSoft Flawless Foam. Internal upholstery with multiple layers of fibers and foams, including Flawless Foam and SuperSoft Flawless Foam all provide the ultimate in sleeping comfort.”
Four Seasons has 3 different mattresses to choose from – Signature Mattress (“…the right balance of comfort, support and optimal temperature management”), Signature Plush Mattress (uses a combination of gel and memory foam) and Signature Firm Mattress (thick foam). They all use sustainable wood foundations.
From their website: “Slip into a luxurious Hilton bed, custom designed for Hilton hotels, and have your best sleep every night. The Hilton Mattress & Box Spring is designed with extra coil support and features a unique internal design that prevents edge breakdown. The innovative, patented quilt design and plush top mattress improves circulation and reduces night time restlessness. Feel even more rested by accompanying your Hilton bed with Hilton linens, available in variety of thread counts and fabrications that will complete your bed essentials. Make sleep a priority with the Hilton Bed.” Hilton mattresses are made by Serta.
Hyatt’s Grand Bed and Hyatt Grand Bed II had been a popular bed for many travelers to buy, and they had been available for purchase via their “Hyatt At Home” website. Unfortunately, they are no longer available. If you click on their old website, www.hyattathome.com, it now brings you to Hyatt Hotel’s main website.
Guests have been singing the praises of Marriott’s foam mattresses for years. Their high-density soy-based foam provides medium to firm support while the 2″ quilted topper provides a layer of plush comfort.
Marriott also has an Innerspring bed for those who prefer to sleep on something more firm.
Stearns & Foster have designed and manufactures the beds used at The Ritz-Carlton. From their website: “Breathable silk and wool fiber fabric; Cooling gel-infused memory foam layers; Individually wrapped coils; Foam-encased edge support; Solid brass air vents; 8 vertical handles.”
Sheraton’s mattress is a Simmons brand that’s made exclusively for the hotel chain. It offers a quilted fabric and cushioned foam with individually wrapped pocket coils that makes for a plush 13″ mattress.
The W Hotel mattresses are well-loved. They tout an innerspring mattress that features a quilted pillow top over a pocketed coil core that’s conducive to motion isolation.
Westin’s Heavenly Bed is another brand that’s very well known and has made its way to many peoples’ homes. It’s designed with plush, pillow-top construction to maximize comfort and support.
Which one is best?
For Joe and I, we had been talking about getting a memory foam mattress for years. Once we slept on one of Marriott’s mattresses, we knew that’s the kind we’d get, rather than a traditional spring mattress. As it turned out, we didn’t go with Marriott brand; we went with a Tempurpedic mattress instead. But that Marriott bed had a definite influence on our decision.
Obviously, and as you can see, any time you start talking about “best,” individual preferences come into play. In other words, “best” is very subjective and it’s the ultimate example of Your Mileage May Vary.
Which hotel chain’s beds are your favorites?
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